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Quote of the week by Iratxe García, S&D Group leader, on tax justice

 “Tax justice has been the Socialists and Democrats’ cause for many years. Building on our work, we are proud to establish a new permanent tax sub-committee in the European Parliament. It will be our investigative body to shine a light onto the shady practices of tax abuse and our think tank to design innovative solutions for tax justice.”

The S&D Group this week published a roadmap on #TaxJustice to foster the post-pandemic recovery in the EU. We believe the recovery should be based on a just taxation system, and be an opportunity to close tax loopholes and continue the fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance.

The S&D’s tax team will play a leading role in the new sub-committee when it meets for the first time in September. You can read more about our priorities on the S&D’s #TaxJustice website.

Next week

On 17 and 18 July, EU leaders will meet physically in Brussels to discuss the much-needed recovery plan to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget. PES leaders will meet on Wednesday 15 July ahead of the EU leaders meeting.

This week Iratxe García, S&D Group leader, made it clear to President Charles Michel that the S&D Group won't accept any less than the €500 billion in grants. Strict compliance with the rule of law and the proper use of funds should be the only conditions. Watch Iratxe’s speech here.

The S&D Group supports the European Parliament convening an extraordinary plenary session in the event of an agreement at next week’s Special European Council.

You can keep up-to-date on all our reactions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On Wednesday 15 July, the Commission will present an Action Plan for fair and simple taxation supporting the recovery expected.

The rule of law in Poland will be high on next week’s agenda as MEPs on the civil liberties, justice and home affairs meet to discuss and vote on the severe crisis of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights that is ongoing and getting worse. The vote will take place on Thursday 16 July.

S&D members will hold their remote Group meeting on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, while Bureau members will meet on Tuesday afternoon.

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